TB Members Calling #15 | Josep Coll: “You can’t build a startup without self-criticism”
Josep Coll Rodriguez (Sant Feliu de Guíxols, 1972)
CEO and co-founder of Repscan, a startup that allows people to detect, document and remove unwanted content about them online. “I traveled 40,000 km by motorcycle, from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to New Zealand, in just 5 months and 11 days. The trip heals you from the gigantic stress of entrepreneurship. When I came back, I was as good as new”.
TB: Why your project?
JC: At Repscan we want every person and company to have the right to remove negative content on the internet and to control their digital image.
TB: A good idea you have had.
JC: The idea behind RedPoints, a system that fights piracy. Ideas are often undervalued over execution, but ideas are very valuable!
TB: A bad professional experience.
JC: I have had many… Getting the wrong partners or allowing the investor’s lawyer to also be the company’s lawyer, for example.
TB: The best advice you’ve ever been given.
JC: My mentor, Dídac Lee, has given me great advice. First, it is very dangerous to think that you are dedicating your whole life to a project, when it is not true. Secondly, the main problem of an entrepreneur is the lack of criticism: without criticism and self-criticism you cannot build a startup.
TB: An inspiration.
JC: I am inspired by people who have suffered serious issues and have overcome them. The strength of those who are trying to overcome the loss of a child.
TB: What are your concerns?
JC: Personally, health. And in society, the pessimism brought by Covid.
TB: A startup.
JC: I’m a big fan of Silence, an electric scooter startup founded by Carlos Sotelo. I’m also a fan of Ibamu, which helps to meet the legal requirements of a website.
TB: A book to recommend.
JC: I wrote “Cómo montar una startup de éxito con 3.000 € al 4º intento”, because there is a lot of talk about success and little about failure. In this book I talk about miseries openly, so that everyone can learn.
TB: A series, film or song that defines your moment in life.
JC: I love “Dances with Wolves”. And the song “La carretera me curará”, from my band Preacher JJ Bolton.
TB: A recipe, a meal, a restaurant.
JC: El Corsari, in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, has the best calamari a la romana.
TB: A city, a journey.
JC: You cannot die without visiting Mongolia, the most depopulated country in the world, where 85% of the population is nomadic. It is the end of the world.
TB: Where would you invest 100k?
JC: In Repscan.
TB: What about one million euros?
JC: I would love to produce a play about entrepreneurs.
TB: If you weren’t an entrepreneur…
JC: I couldn’t stand working for someone, I’m indomitable!
TB: What is Tech Barcelona for you?
JC:The beginning of Barcelona as the leading city: a project with a long way to go and very well underway.
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